By India Today Sports Desk: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is optimistic about the future despite the Reds having a bad season, where will finish outside the top four.
Liverpool had retained a slim hope of making it to the Champions league for next season. However, Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Chelsea confirmed their place in the UCL.
It meant that Liverpool would be playing in the Europa League next campaign. This will be the first time since 2016/17 that Liverpool will not be playing in Europe’s premium competition under Klopp.
The German tactician was self-critical of the campaign as he felt they weren’t able to meet the standards they set last season but said he was optimistic about the future.
“This has not been a historically good season. We’re absolutely not happy with it, we made mistakes and were not consistent enough,” Klopp told reporters ahead of their final game of the season, away at Southampton.
“After Dubai since we were in training camp after the World Cup, not everything was great but the amount of points we collected since then is pretty good. If we could have done that all season, we’d be in a different place.
“So of course there are reasons for optimism… The atmosphere our people created in the last home game, the way the club said farewell to the players who are leaving… all of these things are the basis for a fantastic future.”
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah had put out a statement saying that he was devastated after Liverpool missed out on the Champions league. While Klopp agreed with Salah, he stated that the team was still united.
“The dressing room is not in a bad mood, we learned to deal with the situation,” Klopp said.
“We didn’t get divided in one moment between manager and team which is super helpful, we didn’t point fingers at each other – it’s all good.
“If you don’t qualify for the Champions League, the best possible place you can end up is fifth, so that’s what we did. If you’d asked me that 10 games ago I’d have said, ‘no’.”
Klopp was asked if lack of Champions League would be a stumbling block for Liverpool to get their targets in the summer. The German tactician said that he doesn’t think that would be the case.
“I don’t think so, but we will see.”
“It is always possible and probably likely that things won’t go as big as you want, because the better the player, the less the desire of the other club to let him go.
“We are prepared for that. It’s a long break and long pre-season, we have time.”